A BARNSLEY woman whose brother died in November is taking part in a sponsored skydive to fund research into the condition that killed him.
Stephanie Thompson, 26, from the town centre, set up a ‘Go Fund Me’ page in January, hoping to raise £500.
After having received 96 donations from the local and wider community, Stephanie managed to exceed her goal, raising £3,645.
Her brother, Lloyd Thompson, died on November 1 aged 23 due to a pulmonary embolism – a dangerous condition where a blood clot blocks an artery in the lung, reducing oxygen and damaging the organ.
Stephanie said the death of her brother was ‘very sudden’ as he never showed any signs of having thrombosis and was typically a well person.
“I felt so helpless when Lloyd died – I’d heard of thrombosis before because I work in a pharmacy, but I never viewed it as a serious condition,” Stephanie said.
“So it kind of spurred me into doing a charity skydive – to raise awareness and much-needed funds.
“The money that gets donated will help the charity fund research to be able to look into why and how Thrombosis occurs and if anything can be done to prevent it.”
The skydive will take place on July 21 in Nottingham.
Donate to the charity here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/raise-money-for-thrombosis-uk?utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet&utm_content=undefined&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_term=undefined